Westminster College Brings CNRAs To Utah
Aug 04, 2006
by Mariah McAfee
RNs, NPs and CNSs aren't the only types of nurses we are short on in Utah. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists or CNRAs are in low supply, especially in rural areas, says Paula Julander, former Senator and proponent of Westminster's new CNRA program.
"We need Nurse Anesthetists," Julander says. "If you look at the map of Utah, there are miles and miles of areas where anesthesiologists don't live, where Nurse Anesthetists aren't as popular or as plentiful."
Westminster College is helping to solve Utah's CNRA shortage by opening fifteen slots a year to students aspiring for the initials. Westminster will be the only College in the intermountain region to offer this exclusive training. This provides the opportunity to keep CNRA graduates in Utah, says Julander.
"I think this will help some of our folks who want to be Nurse Anesthetists to stay here after they are educated and that is greatly needed," Julander says. "This is an area of need just like all across the board with the nursing shortage."
Westminster's new CNRA program opens its doors in October. For more information you can listen to the entire Midday Metro interview at kcpw.org.